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by Jill Hadfield
Level: Upper Intermediate Target age: Secondary / adult Time needed: 15-20 minutes Grammar objective: To practise since and for with time expressions Materials: Each group of four students will need a full set of cut-outs. Summary: This is an accuracy-based activity based on the game of dominoes for groups of four students.
For example, possible correct sentences include ‘Jack and Lucy have been on holiday since 1990’ and ‘My sister has been at university for a very long time’. 4. After playing the game, you could ask students to write down as many correct sentences as they can by using all of the dominoes.
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GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY / Fun with grammar / Dominoes: Since and for
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It is best to set up this game by demonstrating what to do with one group while the others watch. 1. Divide the class into groups of four students. 2. Give each group a set of cards and ask one member of the group to deal an equal number to each player. 3. Tell the students that they are going to put the cards in the correct order to make sentences using for and since. • The first player begins by putting a ‘person’ card on the table, e.g. I if he/she has one. If not, the turn passes to the next player. card after I if he/she has one that correctly matches the ‘person’ card, to form I have . card down, e.g. I have lived in Auckland .
• The next player can continue by putting a ‘have’
• The third player can then put a past participle • The fourth player adds a for or a since card. • The first player completes the sentence with the right time expression, e.g. I have lived in Auckland for six years . the next player. When one sentence is complete, they can begin a new one.
• If a player cannot add a card, the turn passes to
Please note that although there is a suggested form for each sentence in the grids, there are various correct answers. Students can have a lot of fun with these.
CUT-OUTS by Jill Hadfield # have lived in Auckland for six years © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2010 I Dominoes: Since and for My sister GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY / Fun with grammar / Dominoes: Since and for My father Susan My brother CA •P H O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • N O T fun with grammar CUT-OUTs has played the piano since she was five hasn’t been to the doctor since 1990 has been at university for the last two years has had that car for three months .
Author by Jill Hadfield # played tennis since I was a child © Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2010 TG or WORKSHEET CUT-OUTS I Title Dominoes: Since and for We GRAMMAR & VOCABULARY / Fun with grammar / Dominoes: Since and for I Jack and Lucy I CA •P H O FR BE C O DO O M W P W N IA EB LO B SI A L TE DE E D • N O T fun with title grammar CUT-OUTs subject have known those friends since April slept properly for the last three nights been on holiday since he got that new job seen her for a very long time haven’t haven’t haven’t haven’t .